Welcome to Issue 20 of The MagPi magazine - the premier Raspberry Pi magazine for beginners, experts, Pi-fanatics and the merely Pi-curious.
After a massive response, the MagPi folks are pleased to write that the article series ‘Bake your own Pi filling’ is back by popular demand! In this article Martin Kalitis throws down the gauntlet by instructing how to create a bootable Linux SD card which can load within 10 seconds.
Issue 20 also has more from the Caribbean with Project Curacao. This project has been so popular with readers that John Shovic is extending it further, in a future issue, with a conclusion presenting the project’s results. In this issue, John reviews the building and installation of the camera and shutter mount into the project, allowing the production of timed photos, before updating readers on changes made to the project from past articles.
Deepak Patil introduces his project for panoramic photography using Pi-Pan, a robotic arm controlled by his Raspberry Pi to move his Pi Camera. Deepak looks at some of the code used to control this clever kit and discusses how to take pictures while out in your car.
There's also more from Andy Baker’s Quadcopter series with this issue reviewing his pre-flight checks. His article looks at controlling the movement of the Quadcopter and provides some handy questions and answers for those of you who have been building this project.
There's also a great article detailing John Hobson’s and Efrain Olivares’ journey into managing the frustrating problem of internet dropout. The issue then heads over to France where Yann Caron presents his development environment and language ‘Algoid’, before the NanoXion chaps present their Raspberry Pi colocation service.
And, as always, the MagPi will keep you updated with the latest Raspberry Pi book reviews and upcoming events.
About The MagPi - from The MagPi themselves!
What we make
We produce a magazine with the intent to help and offer advice to users of the Raspberry Pi. This started out as a simple idea on the well known forums, with a few of us getting together and deciding on a loose outline of what we wanted to achieve.
Over time many have joined and left the team, each bringing their own contribution and ideas to the final piece.
If you had asked us six months ago whether we thought the magazine would be half a year down the line, we would not have been sure. We are now able to offer printed copies, competitions, our own branded Raspberry Pi case, and stable mirrors on a website not entirely made in flash.
Where does the money go?
There are certain administrative costs that go toward producing a reliable magazine, and printing magazines is certainly not free. We get a small amount of money from every copy sold – and this, along with donations and advertising revenue, goes towards funding the entire production team. We also hope to be able to offer more competitions, and better product testing.
You can help
Any donation is very gratefully received. However, you don’t have to put money into this to help us along – time is also one of our limiting factors. If you think you can be of any use in the general production, drop us an email.
We had no idea how successful the magazine would be. Give us another six months, and there should be some real progress made. We are forever receiving requests for more formats, and this is definitely something we are looking into. Translations to other languages would be another great step.